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Lawyers oversee legal matters on behalf of their clients. When looking for one, you need to know the legal services you need. In the case of a car accident claim, a lawyer will oversee all communications and negotiations between you and the insurance company. The lawyer will also help you file court-mandated documents within the statute of limitations (time limits) for filing those documents. 
An insurance claim is a request for benefits or compensation for damages that result from a motor vehicle accident. The claim is typically made with the insurance company representing the driver who is at fault.  Both drivers will need to report the accident to their insurance companies, however, in accordance to the requirements of their individual policies. Many car insurance claims are made each day around the nation, and the process has become relatively standardized. That doesn’t mean the insurance company won’t push back if they believe they shouldn’t recognize their liability, but the process will be similar to most other accidents of the same type.
Chicago car accident attorneys are likely going to attempt to reach a settlement with the insurance company before going to court. The majority of car accident lawsuits are settled out of court. However, if the insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, or if they have decided to argue fault for the accident, you could find yourself going to court.  
If you were injured in a trucking accident in Chicago, Berwyn, Oak Lawn, Cicero, or a nearby community, call the injury attorneys at Lloyd Miller Law for a free consultation.

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Car Accidents Are the #1 Safety Issue for Kids, But 4 out of 5 Caregivers Fail to do This

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Father fasten his little son in car seat

Recent data has shown that caregivers often make several key mistakes when installing car seats for children, although car accidents pose the biggest safety risk to children. Specifically, the National Digital Car Seat Check Form (NDCF) database details the mistakes that caregivers are making.

Caregivers Make Three Primary Mistakes

According to the NDCF, caregivers make three common mistakes when installing children’s car seats. The first mistake is loose installation, which prevents the seat from remaining securely in place in the event of a car accident. The second most common mistake is failure to use the connected tether with seat belts or lower anchors for car seats that face forward. The third frequent mistake is failing to tighten the harness straps when securing the seat into place.

Rushing Transitions Between Car Seats

The NDCF also found that caregivers often rush to change from forward-facing car seats to booster seats. Over 25% of children make the transition too early on, and over 90% of children under 10 who use conventional seats still require booster seats.

Older Children Need Seat Inspections

Another NDCF finding was that caregivers are less inclined to have car seats inspected when the children switch to forward-facing seats and booster seats. The study specifically concluded that safety technicians inspect nearly four times the number of rear-facing car seats compared to forward-facing ones. Additionally, technicians found that 73% of forward-facing seats are improperly installed.

When It Isn’t the Caregiver’s Fault

Although parents and other caregivers may make mistakes that contribute to unsafe children’s car seat installation and use, sometimes it’s the vehicle or car seat design that’s at fault. For example, the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Child Car Seat was recently recalled because of a design that put children at risk of head injuries. In addition, a variety of newer vehicles were recalled because of loose seat belts that weren’t tight enough to secure car seats.

Caregivers can still take certain steps to make sure children are safe in vehicles. Online courses are available for caregivers that detail the four stages of passenger safety for children, including all types of car seats. Taking these precautions could help minimize the risk of auto accidents involving unsecured children’s car seats, including rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seats.

About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Law Group, Ltd.

Chicago accident lawyer Kurt D. Lloyd